107 161 (AMERICAN JUDAICA). (Bible, English). Torah Nevi’im U’kethuvim- The Twenty-Four Books of the Holy Scriptures. Carefully Translated According to the Massoratic Text, After the Best Jewish Authorities and Supplied with Short Explanatory Notes by ISAAC LEESER. Printed in two columns. FIRST EDITION. pp. iv, 1011, (8 - family record). Occasional foxing. Contemporary elaborately gilt-tooled calf, gilt dentilles, rubbed and scuffed. Lg. 4to. [Singerman 1271.] Philadelphia, L. Johnson & Co,1853. $5000 - $7000 ❧ THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE BY A JEW. Perhaps Leeser’s crowning achievement was his translation of the Bible into English. His version, truly a monumental effort, became the standard American Jewish translation and remained so, well into the 20th-century. See L. J. Sussman, Isaac Leeser and the Making of American Judaism (1995) pp. 186-93. 162 (AMERICAN JUDAICA) Group of c. 24 printed books. Each with American-related provenance. Including: * Bible. Hosea cum Thargum. Paris, 1556. With inscriptions by members of families Gratz, Moses and Hart. * Sepher Shefa Tal. Hanua, 1612. With signature of Jacob Franco Lugarto. * Jacob Emden. Lechem Shomayim. Wandsbeck, 1720. With signatures of Jacob Lazarus, David Wolff and J.E. Eger. * Bible. Tikun Sofrim. 4 (of 5) volumes. Amsterdam, 1767. Provenance: Family Gratz - Henry Joseph - Clarence de Sola. * Machzor. Hebrew prayers for Festivals. Lacking title-page. c. 1790. Signatures of Jacob Phillips, Solomon Bush and Rebecca Bush. * Bible. Chumash. Vol. V (of 5). Amsterdam, 1792 Inscriptions by Solomon Hunt, Baltimore/Richmond, 1834-5. * Poems, Chiefly Occasional, by the late Mr. Clifton. New York, 1800. Signature of Rebecca Gratz. * Walter Scott. The Lay of the Last Minstrel. New York, 1811. Inscribed by Joseph Phillips to his niece Catherine Phillips. * Thomas Thrush. Letters to the Jews. Particularly Addressed to Mr. Levy of Florida. York, 1829. Inscribed by the Author. * Sepher Hakuzari. Lemberg, 1866. With inscription dated 1885 by Isaac Teomim to his son, departing from Syracuse, NY to England. * Yosef Messing. Avnei Shesh. Breslau, 1866. Inscribed by the author’s son to Rabbi Benjamin Szold. * H.Z. Sneersohn. Palestine and Roumania. New York, 1872. Lacking final 8 pages. Inscribed by the Author. * Additional nine signed or inscribed volumes. Variously worn and bound. v.s. $4000 - $6000 163 (AMERICAN JUDAICA) Group of three printed books, with Autograph notations by ISA AC LEESER: * Isaac Leeser. Catechism for Younger Children. Philadelphia, 1839. Inscribed and signed by Leeser on opening blank. * Gotthold Salomon. Twelve Sermons. London, 1839. Signed and dated by Leeser on opening blank, with his occasional pencil marginal notations. * (George Houston). Israel Vindicated. New York, 1823. With pencil marginal notations, possibly by Leeser (or Rev. A.L. Green?). First and third volumes ex-library, second and third volumes bindings broken. Boards, 8vo. $5000 - $7000 164 (AMERICAN JUDAICA). Group of five printed books, all relating to, and printed in Jamaica. English text with occasional use of Hebrew. * Rabbi B. C. Carillon. Sermon Delivered at the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue… in Aid of the Funds of the Beth Limmud Society. Kingston, 1845. * Rabbi B. C. Carillon. Refutation of An Affectionate Address, to the Jews of Jamaica, on the great subject of Christianity, by Thomas Pennock, Minister of the Jamaica Wesleyan Methodist Association. Spanish-Town, 1847. * A Defense of Ancient Rabbinical Interpretation of the Prohibitory Law of Deut. XXIII—3, Being an Answer by M.N. Nathan, Kingston, Jamaica, to a Polemic Essay on that Subject, by the Rev. J.M. De Solla, Montego Bay. Kingston, 1861. * Oration Delivered over the Remains of Aaron De Cordova, Esq. By the Revd. A. H. Delevante, Minister of the Spanish & Portuguese Synagogue. Kingston, 1866. * Richard Hill. Eight Chapters in the History of Jamaica from 1508 to 1680 Illustrating the Settlement of the Jews in the Island… Published in Aid of the Funds of the Hebrew Benevolent Society. Kingston, 1868. All Ex-library. Some wear. Original printed wrappers and later boards, rubbed. 8vo. $5000 - $7000